Mid-week Pastor’s Update 3-6-2019

*Scroll down to see some special announcements, highlighted in yellow!*

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*March 6th, 2019*

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*“Blessed is he…** whose delight is in the law of the Lord… he is like a
tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and
whose leaf does not wither— whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3 NIV*

As I discussed in a previous update, I’ve really been enjoying the greenery
and flowers that have appeared as a result of this winter’s (significant)
rains. As I drive, my eyes and soul are refreshed at seeing things verdant
and full of life – a stark contrast from the parched brown that normally
pervades the hills. I even find myself, when driving over rivers or creek
beds, craning my neck to see if water is running in them, and inevitably
smile when I see that it is.

These rivers & creeks, though, are really “washes”, only running when
rainfall waters them. The greenery that has sprung-up in and around them
will inevitably fade back to its usual arid brown. It makes me think how we
need to relish, enjoy, and ‘drink in’ the green-ness all the more!

Jesus, in his parable of the seeds in Mark 4 & Matthew 13, talks about the
contrast between those who spiritually “spring up” quickly, only to wither
and die, vs the ones who endure into a lasting, harvestable crop. As the
Psalm highlighted above illustrates, finding joy in God & His principles is
likened to a tree which does not find its nourishment by fleeting
sprinklings, but rather drinks deeply from an exhaustless supply, not
threatened by variables of change.

God would certainly have us be the latter: well-rooted, well-founded, and
ready for times of difficulty which surely must come (see 2 Tim. 3:12 &
Matt 7:24-27). Ours is not a fleeting, shallow experience; rather, it is a
long-established, nourished relationship that is based on sure principles.
These things will carry us through in the long-run. We will be able to give
fruit & leaves even when circumstances around us seem barren.

As lovely as this winter’s greenery has been, it is just temporary. We,
however, will thrive through the scorching summer & the longest droughts.
May God help us as we endure in His strength, and to His ultimate glory.

May God bless you all,

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests:*

We are praising the Lord that Lloyd Sellers was able to return home last
week, after nearly a month of treatment & observation, including a heart
procedure. Pray that he will continue to strengthen, as well as Esther,
that they may have good quality of life & hopefully be able to return to
attending church with us. The Sellers request prayers for their children &
grandchildren as well, in various life situations.

Please pray for the victims of the tornadoes that are taking place recently
in Georgia. Last I’ve heard, some 2 dozen people unexpectedly lost their
lives. Let’s pray for their families, as well as the rescue workers who are
searching tirelessly for survivors. Let’s tie this win with prayers for
victims of other tragedies both natural and man-made, in places near and
far around the globe. Fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and wars
never stop making their marks, leaving tragedies in their wakes. Come
quickly, Lord Jesus!

Please continue to pray for comfort and consolation for the Tolan family,
after the passing away of Victor’s father, Vasile (nicknamed “Leslie”). He
was a long-time member of our church, and very committed. A “Celebration of
life” service will be held the first Sabbath of April.

Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to sleep, as
well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health problems, and
her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as well. May God
uphold these people in strength.

Please continue to keep in prayer others who are enduring long-term
illnesses:

* Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who are
both suffering with health problems.

* Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are enduring
effects of long-term illness. May they do so with grace, faith, and
improvement over time.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray for those local, broad, and
abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim.
2:1-2) so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.

Pray for families and relationships that are strained and broken. Pray for
prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy Spirit to return home to the faith of
their upbringing. Pray also for the church’s marriages to be strong &
fulfilling.

*There is, of course, much more to pray for. Please consider joining our
weekly prayer groups, and if you have a prayer request to submit for our
list, please communicate it either to pastor Mark or the church office. God
bless you.*

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*Announcements:*

*Food Bank Distribution Tonight (Wednesday)*: From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our
food bank will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could
benefit from some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 63: *“Tu
Rey Viene”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en compartir fe con
hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*Sabbath Morning *schedule will be normal, with a 9:30 start time. Adults
will meet in the sanctuary, with Marie Bouse presenting on some Daniel &
Revelation prophecy information, followed by lesson study is 10:00 in room
305/306. *Kids & Youth* will be meeting at 9:30 in the Youth room as usual
for songs & light breakfast, before going to their age-based Sabbath school
classes in the various classrooms. En esta semana los hermanos *Hispanos*
reunirán en el Fellowship Hall para su servicio a las 9:00. Pr. Mark dará
la devocional allá. Come and join our most dynamic & interactive part of
the church day!

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar starts this Sabbath!* This 8-part series
will be held on Sabbath afternoons through the remainder of March & April.
Cost is $99 to attend, which will include 8 guided sessions plus food
samples & examples. Only $10 to add a spouse! We will be meeting at 1:30
p.m. in the youth room with a food sample & demonstration, followed by main
discussion at 2:00. If you are interested in more info and the possibility
of enrolling, speak with Pr. Mark or Michael Warr.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* are back on for this Sabbath
afternoon, starting at 3:00 p.m. in front of the youth room. May God guide
& direct our volunteers as they lead our kids in God’s path, learning more
about Him while having fun & accomplishing tasks. A big thanks goes out to
Margarito Gonzales & Craig Voelker, as well as their volunteers in leading
out our kids’ clubs.

*“Festival of Nations” Church Social this Saturday Night!* We will gather
in the fellowship hall to celebrate the flavors, music, and traditions of
the various cultures represented in our church. If you know traditional
dishes, songs, poems, skits, etc., bring them to share them with others!
This is a wonderful event to invite friends, neighbors, & co-workers to. We
will start with a sundown worship @ 5:30, followed by a potluck-style meal.
Speak to Edie Furness if you are interested in decorating a table, or
helping out somehow.

*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 64: “A Doomed People”, about the Jews who rejected Jesus), and lift
up petitions in prayer. Please consider coming & joining this close-knit
group of faith & friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark plans to be available for the
remainder of this week, as well as next week, for meetings by appointment
either at the church, your home, or another location. Feel free to
call/text him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail *prmarktatum@gmail.com * if you’d like to communicate something to him, or
arrange for a time to meet together.

*OC Young Adult Bible Study Re-Starting Next Wednesday!* A group of Young
Adults will come together to fellowship & study God’s word every 2nd & 4th
Wednesdays of the month @ 7:00 p.m., starting on March 13th. Come to get to
know other SDA young people from other churches & grow & learn together in
community.

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Alright! It looks like that is what’s going on for our church community! We
pray that you and your families are blessed as you continue walking in
God’s grace. May we ever be seeking his guidance, comfort, and will in our
lives.

God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum